Christmas Comes to Town - Kibble: Specialist services & support for young people facing adversity
Posted: December 17, 2021

On the night of Wednesday 15th December, the feeling of Christmas was in the air as Kibble’s campus was transformed into a festive winter wonderland for the annual Festive Lights Competition.

Festive judges made their way around the houses and were dazzled by street dancing Santa’s, a nativity performance, festive light projections, colourful Christmas trees and sparkling fairy lights that stretched as far as the eye could see. Children and young people worked together in their houses to compete for the most festive, funniest and handmade decorations. It’s fair to say judges had plenty of laughs along the way!

Of course, all the young people were all winners in our eyes and the greatest present was seeing the excitement around campus as we count down the days until Santa comes to town.

Even with the latest challenges set by the pandemic, we’re determined to keep spirits high over the festive period. In the coming days children and young people will be holding special Christmas craft fayres with beautiful handmade gifts, there will be visits to see Santa and various trips to the Pantomime, ice skating, Christmas Markets and much more.

And to add to the excitement, one senior phase pupil at Goudie Academy has been working with teachers to bring us Kibble Aid – a take on the iconic 80’s Live Aid concert. This will be an amalgamation of young people and staff’s singing and dancing talents captured in a video which will be screened across Kibble on Monday 21 December.

The idea for Kibble Aid was born after listening to Christmas songs on the car radio and our talented pupil set to bring his vision to life. Amid the fun, laughter and on some occasions questionable singing by Kibble staff (you know who you are), there is an important message at the centre. This was to recognise the mental health challenges faced by care experienced young people throughout the pandemic. We are all immensely proud of his work, achievements and enthusiasm to bring people together, albeit by virtual means, to celebrate being a part of the Kibble family and all the love that it brings.

We ho, ho hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and New Year!

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